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Membership Update August 5, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, August 5, 2016
Updated: Thursday, August 4, 2016
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August 5, 2016


Advocacy & Policy

 

Preparing for the General Election

Please note that photo ID will not be required in the November general election this year after a decision by a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to strike down photo ID requirements and related laws. Click here for additional information.

Oscar Reports for the Second Quarter 2016 Now Available

LeadingAge Survey and Certification Reports, now part of LeadingAge Insights, for quarter two, 2016, are available for download by clicking here. The quarterly reports include two additional tables: i) Table 15: Average Number of Citations at G or Higher by State and Class of Ownership; and ii) Table 16: Percentage-based Measures of Quality by State and Class of Ownership.

Your individualized Survey and Certification reports, a one-page summary statement of your specific data on staffing levels, inspection results, and other statistics compared to that of your state, region, and the country, have also been posted and are accessible to members via My.LeadingAge / LeadingAge Insights, using your respective provider numbers.

PBJ and 671 Payroll Report

In response to a member question about still being asked for the 671 payroll report even though the Payroll-Based Journal system has been implemented, we learned from Evvie Munley with LeadingAge that providers are going to both be using the Payroll-Based Journal and providing surveyors with the 671 payroll report for a period of time. PBJ Submissions now are for the first quarter, with an actual deadline of 11/14/16 – so there is no PBJ data to compile/assess yet. CMS doesn’t have a target date for the complete transition yet, but this will likely continue at least through this year and maybe into some of next. CMS said they will provide advance notice when the system turns over completely to PBJ.

HHS OCR Guidance on MDS Section Q

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights recently issued guidance for nursing homes on how to better "…comply with their civil rights obligations by administering the Minimum Data Set appropriately so that residents receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs…” The guidance is found here.

MDS Update: Gearing up for Section GG Charting

As facilities get ready for the new Minimum Data Set section GG, which captures a resident’s functional abilities and goals, they must examine how to change their charting workflows and systems to meet the new supportive documentation requirements. An excellent summary can be found by clicking here.

Senate Passes Housing Streamlining Bill; President Will Sign

The Senate passed the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (HR3700/S 3083) before it adjourned for summer recess! This is a significant victory for housing advocates. For housing providers it means many of the remaining reforms we’ve been talking about for so long have been accomplished: simplifying deductions for the elderly and people with disabilities, reducing the frequency of interim income reviews, basing rent on a tenant’s actual income in the previous year, and more.

The legislation will streamline tenant income determinations and rent setting, and vastly improve the ability to project-base vouchers, among other benefits. LeadingAge covers the history and major components of this legislation here.


 



Professional Development


 

Mid Managers Series Session 3
October 19
Twin Lakes Community
Burlington, NC

The first and second sessions of the Mid Managers Series were inspiring!  It's not too late to join us for the third session. Register Now!

How many of your managers have attended formal management training courses? There is a direct correlation between a manager’s leadership style and an employee’s motivation and satisfaction. 

While we have offered this program in the past, this year we are offering an entirely new experience. Not only are we bringing back Christopher Ridenhour, one of LeadingAge's highest ranked presenters, we have totally revamped the program to include core competency training based on the LeadingAge Mid Manager Competency Development Guide (click here to download).  If you weren't able to attend the first session, the learning style makes attending one or both of the remaining sessions possible. We do understand challenges in workflow and travel. You can always send a substitute or register for individual sessions! This is a unique opportunity you do not want to miss. Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.


Long Term Care Workforce Summit 
Click Here to Register Now!
August 17
8am – 4:30pm
Salemtowne
Winston-Salem, NC

Facilitated by Cara Silletto of Crescendo Strategies, author of The Millennial Mindset.  Click here to meet Cara in this 1:40 video.



"Cara’s presentation on the Millennial Mindset was as entertaining as it was informative. Her thought-provoking program provided great insight into the generational workforce issues that every employer is facing and empowered the audience with key strategies to avoid costly, unnecessary employee turnover. Cara’s personal stories and reflections as a millennial herself kept the audience engaged and intrigued throughout the day.”

                                                               -LeadingAge Connecticut President

Topics Include:

  • Leading the New Workforce
  • The Cost of Unnecessary Turnover
  • Millennial Mindset
  • Building a Strong Culture and Communication Plan for Staffing Stability
  • Wage & Hour/White Collar Exemption
  • On-boarding and Orientation
  • Priorities and Action Planning 

Customer Service Seminar
(Formerly Entitled Workshop for Frontline Staff)
Registration Now Open!
Pick a date and a location that works for your community:

November 15
WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community
Greensboro, NC
Click Here to Register for November 15

November 16
Galloway Ridge
Pittsboro, NC
Click Here to Register for November 16 

Facilitated by Donna Cutting


Donna Cutting, CSP is the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc. She trains organizational leaders to turn prospects into delighted customers and delighted customers into raving fans. Donna led our closing session in Myrtle Beach to more than 100 attendees who laughed heartily, learned mightily, and gave her a standing ovation. Donna uses hilarious videos to punctuate her already upbeat and energetic delivery style. You and your staff from any department will not want to miss this program; it is time well spent.


2016 Calendar

Please click here to view a calendar of LeadingAge North Carolina events for the remainder of 2016.


Save the Date…Registration to open soon!

 

• September 28, 2:00pm-4:00pm: Emergency Management Toolkit for Life Plan Communities Webinar-FREE

• Regional Marketing and Development Roundtables September 29 (The Cypress of Raleigh) and September 30 (Aldersgate, Charlotte). Each meeting will be held from 11am-1pm.


 


Strategic Thinking 

 

Figuring Out How IT, Analytics, and Operations Should Work Together

A new set of relationships is being formed within companies around how people working in data, analytics, IT, and operations teams work together. Is there a "right” way to structure these relationships? An insightfulHarvard Business Review articlehelps answer this question.

Building the Next Workforce

The July/August edition of the LeadingAge (national) Magazine focuses on several interesting workforce development initiatives undertaken by LeadingAge members across the country. Click on this link to learn more about recruiting, retaining and training workers despite worker shortages, cultural and demographic challenges, and the shift towards more home and community-based services.

The Two Things Killing Your Ability to Focus

ThisHarvard Business Review articlehones in on barriers to your ability to focus – and gives concretes suggestions for getting there.

Employer Cost Increases Remain Low for Health Insurance in 2015

For the third straight year employer cost increases for their employees’ health insurance coverage stayed below 4%. Read more about trends from the 2015 Mercer National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans that appeared in North Carolina Health News.

Global Aging and Technology
Click here to read the latestnewsletter from the Global Aging and Technology Collaborative for information on the best travel apps, automated cars, and caregiver technologies to give you peace of mind while you travel.

The Practice of Respect
This New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst articleis featured on the Journal’s new website that aims to transform the delivery of health care. The article asks us to consider emotional harm as seriously as we do other incidents of harm that are more frequently tracked and reported. See if you think these stories from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston constitute harm.

 




News and Notes
 

 

Zika Travel Information

Bookmark this webpage
 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most up to date Zika travel information.

Long-Term Care Flu Vaccine Toolkit Released by HHS and CDC

It's flu season! And, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccine Program Office has developed a first-of-its-kind influenza vaccination toolkit for long-term care employers.

How to Remove Your Business Location from Pokémon Go

The Pokémon GO app that was released for use on smart phones includes some location-specific activities that may lead players to your community for gameplay. The game incentivizes interaction with the app at specific physical locations where players can interact with each other or characters. Some members are using this as a fun way to encourage interaction with the community. Others would prefer not to be a part of the game.  Locations, known in the game as "Gyms" or "PokeStops" can be removed from the app by contacting the developer and filling out a form to remove their location. You select "submit a request," in the upper right corner and then "report an issue with a Gym or Pokestop" in the pull-down menu. The app has been downloaded more than 15 million times.

Palliative Care for People with Dementia

Palliative Care for People with Dementia: Why Comfort Matters in Long-Term Care was released in June by CaringKind, formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter. The guide shares lessons that CaringKind learned during a 30-month process to help three LeadingAge member nursing homes – Cobble Hill Health Center, Isabella Geriatric Center, and The New Jewish Home – implement "dementia-capable palliative care.” CFAR participated in the project’s research component.

Reminder to like our Facebook Page

Stay up to date with current articles from the field of aging and current events by "liking” the LeadingAge North Carolina Facebook page. It’s a great way to stay engaged and connected.

A Day in the Life

This intern at LeadingAge national and former home health aide shares her personal story in an effort to increase support for older adults. What are your stories and how could they impact policy makers?

LeadingAge Philanthropy Newsletter 

Check out the latest edition of this newsletter for ideas on how to use philanthropy and charitable giving to further your mission.

 

I Go to Rio…

With the Olympics kicking off this week and inspiring us all it’s a great time to mark your calendars for the State Senior Games Finals that will take place this September – October at different locations in the state.For those not already registered to compete, State Finals is in need of volunteers.


 


Value First 

 

Participate in a free Value First cost study and you will be automatically entered in a drawing for prepaid registrations at the upcoming LeadingAge national Annual Meeting and Expo in Indianapolis. Click here to learn more about the drawing and about what is involved in conducting a free cost study. Please always feel free to contact your Value First representative, Vanessa Ceasar, with any questions at 404-421-3956.

 


LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org



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Membership Update July 15, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 15, 2016
Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2016
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July 15, 2016


Advocacy & Policy

Penalty Review Committee Eliminated in End-of-Session Legislation

North Carolina’s Penalty Review Committee, in operation since 1989, was eliminated in legislation passed during the waning hours of the General Assembly’s short session and signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory. Over the years the committee has held public hearings and proposed fines and other penalties against skilled nursing facilities and adult care homes that violate regulations. Full responsibility for this process will now rest solely with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Proponents of the elimination argued that the transparency afforded by the Penalty Review Committee gave trial lawyers a spot to look for facilities to sue. Opponents of the move argued that the transparency afforded by the work of the Committee was a vital part of holding facilities accountable and that the Informal Dispute Resolution process gave facilities a chance to appeal penalties and fines. Adding to the confusion was the way in which the legislation was passed: a bill under consideration by the General Assembly regarding athletic trainers was stripped of its language and the new wording eliminating the Committee was substituted. (The Raleigh News and Observer weighed in with an editorial on the process.) We’re anticipating additional information from the Department about how the process will work.  

Moratoriums for Home Care Licenses and Special Care Units Extended

The General Assembly extended the moratorium on home care agency licenses for in-home aide services until June 30, 2019 (it had been slated to expire on June 30, 2016). The General Assembly previously extended the moratorium on adult care home special care units to June 30, 2017.

July 2016 Medicaid Bulletin 

Click here to get the latest news and updates from the July 2016 Medicaid Bulletin.

Updated 5-Star Nursing Home Rating System User Guide

CMS has posted the updated 5-Star Nursing Home RatingSystem Technical User’s Guide. The updated guide (including the new Quality Measures) can be found by CLICKING HERE.

CMS Says Updated Fire Codes Effective July 5

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has enacted fire safety updates for long-term care facilities. The updated codes became effective on July 5, 2016, with compliance surveys beginning on November 1, 2016. The finalized rule relaxes some safety requirements for long-term care facilities to give providers more flexibility and make the atmosphere for residents more homelike. The updates also required facilities in buildings taller than 75 feet to install automatic sprinkler systems within 12 years of the rule's effective date, if they haven't already.

Payroll-Based Journal Resource

As we know, the new Payroll-based Journal Reporting system for nursing home staffing data became mandatory July 1. The recent free On-Shift 60-minute webinar on Payroll-Based Journal Reporting is archived and available via the LeadingAge website. To access the webinar, scroll down and click on Payroll-Based Journal Reporting: Staffing Strategies for Success Webinar Archive.

2017 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Files Available

The 2017 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code updates, including a complete list of code titles, are available on the 2017 ICD-10-CM and GEMs and 2017 ICD-10-PCS and GEMs webpages. The posted files contain the complete versions of both ICD-10-CM (diagnoses) and ICD-10-PCS (procedures). 2017 General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) will be posted in August 2016. Official Coding Guidelines and the Present on Admission (POA) Exempt List will be available soon.

New Repairs Standard for REAC Inspection Processes

HUD REAC released a notice on their website in early July entitled "Industry Standard Repair”, which indicates a new standard that details all repairs made to properties must be "made in a good and workmanlike manner with materials that are suitable for the purpose and free from defects”. This new standard outlines a series of specific items and deficiencies that will be determined to be "good and workmanlike”.

This new standard adds the following standards to all items in the inspection item list:

• Ensure that all components, as repaired, perform its intended purpose and function; and

• That all repairs are finished in manner reasonably compatible in design and quality with the original and adjoining decorative materials



Professional Development


Session 2Session 3
July 27October 19
AldersgateTwin Lakes Community
Charlotte, NCBurlington, NC

We’re off to a great start with the Mid Managers Series. Please join us for the second and/or third sessions. Register Now!

How many of your managers have attended formal management training courses? There is a direct correlation between a manager’s leadership style and an employee’s motivation and satisfaction. 

While we have offered this program in the past, this year we are offering an entirely new experience. Not only are we bringing back Christopher Ridenhour, one of LeadingAge's highest ranked presenters, we have totally revamped the program to include core competency training based on the LeadingAge Mid Manager Competency Development Guide (click here to download).  If you weren't able to attend the first session, the learning style makes attending one or both of the remaining sessions possible. We do understand challenges in workflow and travel. You can always send a substitute or register for individual sessions! This is a unique opportunity you do not want to miss. Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.


Long Term Care Workforce Summit 
Click Here to Register Now!
August 17
8am – 4:30pm
Salemtowne
Winston-Salem, NC

Facilitated by Cara Silletto of Crescendo Strategies, author of The Millennial Mindset.



"Cara’s presentation on the Millennial Mindset was as entertaining as it was informative. Her thought-provoking program provided great insight into the generational workforce issues that every employer is facing and empowered the audience with key strategies to avoid costly, unnecessary employee turnover. Cara’s personal stories and reflections as a millennial herself kept the audience engaged and intrigued throughout the day.”

                                                               -LeadingAge Connecticut President

Topics Include:

  • Leading the New Workforce
  • The Cost of Unnecessary Turnover
  • Millennial Mindset
  • Building a Strong Culture and Communication Plan for Staffing Stability
  • Wage & Hour/White Collar Exemption
  • On-boarding and Orientation
  • Priorities and Action Planning 

Customer Service Seminar
(Formerly Entitled Workshop for Frontline Staff)
Registration Now Open!
Pick a date and a location that works for your community:

November 15
WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community
Greensboro, NC
Click Here to Register for November 15

November 16
Galloway Ridge
Pittsboro, NC
Click Here to Register for November 16 

Facilitated by Donna Cutting


Donna Cutting, CSP is the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc. She trains organizational leaders to turn prospects into delighted customers and delighted customers into raving fans. Donna led our closing session in Myrtle Beach to more than 100 attendees who laughed heartily, learned mightily, and gave her a standing ovation. Donna uses hilarious videos to punctuate her already upbeat and energetic delivery style. You and your staff from any department will not want to miss this program; it is time well spent.


2016 Calendar

Please click here to view a calendar of LeadingAge North Carolina events for the remainder of 2016.
 


Strategic Thinking 

Faster Internet Connections: Big News in Broadband for Rural Providers

Nursing homes in rural communities will soon be able to apply for federal funds to help pay for broadband services (internet service) as a result of federal legislation expected to be signed into law. The Rural Health Care Connectivity Act will allow care centers to receive support from the Universal Service Fund's Rural Health Care Program that provides funding for telecommunications and broadband services used to provide health care in rural communities. Currently, care centers are not included in the list of providers eligible to receive support from the program.

Innovators Blur the Line Between Hotels and Senior Housing

At a roundtable held in Ithaca, New York at Cornell University, senior housing leaders discussed hospitality, health management, and design challenges and turned to the hospitality industry for inspiration. Click here to read more.

Philanthropy Network Free Quarterly Webinar

The next free Philanthropy Network quarterly webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 20th at Noon Eastern. William McMorran, Senior Partner with California-based Green Oak Consulting Group, will present on Planned Gift Strategies with Appreciated Assets. As always, the webinar is free to LeadingAge Philanthropy Network members. There is no need to register. Just be sure to watch the listserv for more details including a link and call-in number.



News and Notes
 

CDC Motor Vehicle Safety, Injury Prevention and Control

The Centers for Disease Control is out with a new report on specific steps older drivers can take to make traveling safer. 

CNA Pay Increases According to Report

Wages for certified nursing assistants in 2016 increased 2.33% to $13.20 an hour, according to the "Continuing Care Retirement Community Salary & Benefits Report 2016-2017”.  Click here to read more.

Social Security Projections for 2017

Medicare beneficiaries are projected to receive a .2% cost of living adjustment while AARP CEO, Jo Ann Jenkins, encourages presidential candidates to address the long-term stability of Social Security. Click here to read more from this AARP article.


LeadingAge CAST Releases New Electronic Health Record Adoption Model

LeadingAge CAST has released an update to its latest portfolio of tools focusing on Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care. The portfolio is designed to help organizations understand issues surrounding Electronic Healthcare Records technology and outlines commercially available technology solutions, their uses and benefits, along with the most important functionalities, features and planning steps care providers need to consider.

Provider Training from NC Tracks

Registration is now open for a couple of instructor-led training courses for providers that will be held in mid to late July 2016. The duration varies depending on the course. Click here for details on the courses, the dates and times they are being offered, and instructions for how to enroll.

CCRCs/LPCs Push Salaries Higher as Comeback Continues

Management level employees at CCRCs/LPCs saw a 2.7% wage increase in 2016 according to the "Continuing Care Retirement Community Salary & Benefits Report 2016-2017” published jointly by the Hospital and Healthcare Compensation Service and LeadingAge. The report includes data from 536 CCRCs or Life Plan Communities (LPCs). Click here to learn more.

Save the Date

Please be sure to mark your calendars for the following event sponsored in part by Saint Joseph of the Pines: 

What is the Purpose of My Brain?
Dr. Paul Nussbaum
Wednesday, July 27
7:00pm
Sandhills Community College
Pinehurst, NC

  


Congratulations

Deerfield Credit Rating

Congratulations to Deerfield in Asheville, NC for earning an A- credit rating from Fitch. Great work!

Saint Joseph of the Pines LIFE Program

Congratulations to Saint Joseph of the Pines in Southern Pines for garnering attention for their LIFE program in the NC Catholics magazine. LIFE stands for Living Independently for Elders and is a PACE program serving five counties, the largest such program in North Carolina. Read more about this wonderful program by clicking here.

Sindy Barker – Chair of NCCCRA Legislative Committee

Congratulations to LeadingAge North Carolina resident board member, Sindy Barker, who lives at Carol Woods in Chapel Hill and was recently named chair of the North Carolina Continuing Care Residents Association Legislative Committee (NCCCRA).

GMK Associates Anniversary

Congratulations to LeadingAge North Carolina Platinum Member, GMK Associates, Inc., which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. The Columbia, SC-based company is a planning, design, and construction services firm. 2016 also marks the 30th year that GMK has been providing interior design services in the senior living market through its dedicated interiors division. The firm operates satellite offices in Greenville, SC, Raleigh, NC, and Augusta, GA, in addition to its headquarters in downtown Columbia.



LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org



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Two Things You Can Do: A Recap of the General Assembly Short Session

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 8, 2016
Updated: Thursday, July 7, 2016


July 8, 2016


Two Things You Can Do

With the General Assembly adjourned for the year, here are two things you can do to keep our work front and center with elected officials.

We’re already at the halfway point of 2016! In honor of the resolutions so many of us make at the beginning of the year – and in recognition of the General Assembly’s recently completed work – we want to provide you with an update and two NEW resolutions you might think about making.

First, the update...

The North Carolina General Assembly’s short session is officially in the books – and a signature on the budget bill by Governor Pat McCrory is anticipated when he returns from a trip out of state (the governor is not permitted to sign bills while he is out of state). Here are the key provisions of the spending plan that impact our membership.

Legislators approved a final budget for the coming fiscal year. The spending plan represents a 2.8% increase over the most recent budget and totals more than $22.3 billion.

We are very pleased that our advocacy efforts resulted in a continuation of tax policies favorable to our communities and that our combined voice continues to be heard at the General Assembly. Of particular import to LeadingAge North Carolina members:

·Continuation of the property tax exemption for nonprofits. North Carolina has long recognized the unique role that nonprofits play in our state by exempting them from the payment of property taxes. Our socially accountable initiatives and the significant economic impact we have on the economy are but two tangible ways in which we give back.

·Continuation of the sales tax refund for nonprofits. Twice each year, our communities (and other nonprofits across the state) receive a refund for sales taxes we pay on purchases made from businesses located in North Carolina.

·An increase in funding for Project CARE (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) which supports families acting as caregivers for family members with Alzheimer’s disease. The increased funding would provide vouchers for respite services and three additional full-time family consultants for Project CARE.

·A cut in income taxes accomplished by raising the standard deduction for taxpayers from $15,500 to $17,000 over two years for a married couple.

·A salary increase for public-school teachers averaging 4.7%. When taking into account supplemental pay by counties, the average teacher salary for the upcoming year will be $50,186.

·Provision of a mix of raises and bonuses for state employees. All state workers would receive a 1.5% raise and a one-time bonus equal to 0.5% of their annual salary. An additional $80 million would be available for targeted merit raises.

·Provision of a one-time cost-of-living adjustment of 1.6% for retired state employees and retired teachers.

·An addition to the state’s rainy-day reserve fund of $475 million. The state’s goal is to have savings equal to 8% of annual spending, a target the state is getting closer to reaching.

· While legislation was introduced that would have made it possible for CCRCs/Life Plan Communities across the state to be exempt from the certificate of need process for Medicare-certified home health services, that bill stalled in a Senate committee and will likely be re-introduced next year.

Now for those resolutions.

Often times it’s the period BETWEEN sessions of the General Assembly when the heavy lifting occurs. Our elected officials will return to Raleigh for next year’s long session in January 2017 but your action NOW can make all the difference. 

Resolution #1: No matter your political persuasion, it’s important for you to reach out to your local Senator and Representative and thank them for their service to our state. It’s important that our elected officials know how much we appreciate their hard work. You can find contact information for the people who represent you in the General Assembly by CLICKING HERE. 

Resolution #2: Send your elected officials a note every single month to make them aware of your opinion. It can be a letter, an email, a card...but just reach out once a month with your perspective and advice on the issues that are important to you. And don’t forget to end it with a big "thank you.”

We’ll continue to be at the General Assembly in Raleigh and with policymakers across the state keeping them informed about the issues that are important to you. You can help by taking on these two resolutions. As always, we hope you’ll CONTACT US at the LeadingAge North Carolina office if we can be of any assistance.

 

LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org


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Independence Day Holiday Office Closure

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Monday, July 4, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2016
The staff of LeadingAge North Carolina wishes everyone a safe and relaxing holiday!  Our office will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the holiday.  

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Membership Update July 1, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, July 1, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2016
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July 1, 2016

Happy Independence Day!


The staff of LeadingAge North Carolina wishes everyone a safe and relaxing Independence Day holiday weekend!  Our office will be closed on Monday, July 4 in honor of the holiday.  The Member Update will return on Friday, July 15.



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919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org



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Membership Update June 17, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 17, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 16, 2016
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June 17, 2016


Advocacy & Policy

State Budget Negotiations Begin

The General Assembly is trying to reach agreement on a final version of the state budget for fiscal year 2016-2017. While the House and Senate have competing versions, a conference committee has been appointed to try and hammer out differences, all with the hope of having a compromise spending plan on Governor Pat McCrory’s desk by early July (some legislators are even hoping to have the session finished by Independence Day). The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits has prepared a handy guide outlining key differences in the House and Senate proposals. 

Certificate of Need Bill

The North Carolina Senate Health Care committee met earlier this week to discuss a bill that would phase out the state's certificate of need process over a five-year period. House Bill 161, which as originally drafted and passed by the House of Representatives would have named a state cat, was instead gutted by the Senate Rules committee and replaced with wording that would repeal the state’s certificate of need process by January 1, 2021. The committee heard testimony but took no vote. It is unclear what action, if any, will occur before the end of the current legislative session. The LeadingAge North Carolina board of directors earlier this year adopted a set of public policy priorities for the current session. The priorities include encouraging the General Assembly to "work to permit nonprofit continuing care retirement communities to provide Medicare-certified home health services to their residents and exempt them from the necessity of obtaining a certificate of need."

Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 - 2017 Nursing Home Action Plan

The CMS Survey and Certification Group 2016/2017 Nursing Home Action Plan is located on the CMS website in the download section. A summary by LeadingAge can be found here.

Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) - DRAFT

CMS released SC 16-25-NH - Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) that has information related to the DRAFT RAI Manual. The DRAFT RAI Manual v1.14 was posted to the Nursing Home Quality Initiative web page. The manual is located in the "downloads" section of the web page so users can preview significant changes before the effective date of October 1, 2016.



Professional Development


Session 2Session 3
July 27October 19
AldersgateTwin Lakes Community
Charlotte, NCBurlington, NC

We’re off to a great start with the Mid Managers Series. Please join us for the second and/or third sessions. Register Now!

How many of your managers have attended formal management training courses? There is a direct correlation between a manager’s leadership style and an employee’s motivation and satisfaction. 

While we have offered this program in the past, this year we are offering an entirely new experience. Not only are we bringing back Christopher Ridenhour, one of LeadingAge's highest ranked presenters, we have totally revamped the program to include core competency training based on the LeadingAge Mid Manager Competency Development Guide (click here to download).  If you weren't able to attend the first session, the learning style makes attending one or both of the remaining sessions possible. We do understand challenges in workflow and travel. You can always send a substitute or register for individual sessions! This is a unique opportunity you do not want to miss. Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.


Finance Symposium with LeadingAge Virginia
(Formerly entitled CFO Workshop)

Click Here to Register Now!

Date & LocationRegistrationCredits
July 14$150 for Members8.0 CPE
8am - 5pm$100 for add'l person from same community7.0 NHA
Springmoor$225 Non-Members
Raleigh, NC

Join us for this first-ever collaborative venture between LeadingAge North Carolina and LeadingAge Virginia finance professionals, including CFOs.

Topics include:

  • Medicare Advantage: Denials, billing, insurance update, bundled payments, developing data driven culture/cost reporting
  • Pricing strategies and trends, specifically as it relates to entry fees
  • Investment policies
  • Industry benchmarking
  • Social accountability/community benefit reporting: standardized format and definitions
  • Financing moderately-priced senior housing 

Long Term Care Workforce Summit 
Click Here to Register Now!
August 17
8am – 4:30pm
Salemtowne
Winston-Salem, NC

Facilitated by Cara Silletto of Crescendo Strategies, author of The Millennial Mindset.



"Cara’s presentation on the Millennial Mindset was as entertaining as it was informative. Her thought-provoking program provided great insight into the generational workforce issues that every employer is facing and empowered the audience with key strategies to avoid costly, unnecessary employee turnover. Cara’s personal stories and reflections as a millennial herself kept the audience engaged and intrigued throughout the day.”

                                                               -LeadingAge Connecticut President

Topics Include:

  • Leading the New Workforce
  • The Cost of Unnecessary Turnover
  • Millennial Mindset
  • Building a Strong Culture and Communication Plan for Staffing Stability
  • Wage & Hour/White Collar Exemption
  • On-boarding and Orientation
  • Priorities and Action Planning 

Customer Service Seminar
(Formerly Entitled Workshop for Frontline Staff)
Registration Now Open!
Pick a date and a location that works for your community:

November 15
WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community
Greensboro, NC
Click Here to Register for November 15

November 16
Galloway Ridge
Pittsboro, NC
Click Here to Register for November 16 

Facilitated by Donna Cutting


Donna Cutting, CSP is the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc. She trains organizational leaders to turn prospects into delighted customers and delighted customers into raving fans. Donna led our closing session in Myrtle Beach to more than 100 attendees who laughed heartily, learned mightily, and gave her a standing ovation. Donna uses hilarious videos to punctuate her already upbeat and energetic delivery style. You and your staff from any department will not want to miss this program; it is time well spent.


Strategic Thinking 

How to Evaluate, Manage, and Strengthen Your Resilience

A great Harvard Business Review article looks at a few fundamental things you can do to actually evaluate, manage, and strengthen your own resilience.

Long-Term Services and Supports Costs Continue to Rise

According to a recent survey by Genworth Financial, the costs of long-term services and supports continued to climb in 2016 as they have for the past 13 years. Costs of nursing home care and assisted living increased more rapidly than the cost of homemaker and home health care, according to the survey. The survey breaks down average costs by state as well as nationwide.

 


News and Notes

LeadingAge Washington Update

Barbara Gay, LeadingAge Vice President of Public Policy Communication, took advantage of the Congressional recess to update LeadingAge’s fact sheet on where member issues stand on Capitol Hill.

Save the Date: NC CCC Diversity Workshop

The North Carolina Culture Change Coalition presents a workshop on Embracing Diversity. With 4 dates in October in Rocky Mount, Hickory, Matthews, and Wilmington you will not want to miss this important event. Please click here for more information. 

Nominate Your Best for the McHugh Award for Leadership in LTSS Nursing by June 30

June 30, 2016 is the application deadline for the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Services and Supports Nursing. The winner will be recognized at the 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Indianapolis and will receive a $1,000 cash award, airfare, lodging and registration for the meeting. CLICK HERE for more information and to nominate a deserving individual.

Innovation Master Class Registration Now Open

The Innovation Master Class, an exciting new offering from LeadingAge national, debuts in late July. Information about this groundbreaking program, including registration details, is available by CLICKING HERE. 

 


Congratulations

Congratulations to Suzanne Pugh and her team at Aldersgate who were featured in a recent Charlotte Observer article for their work helping to transform east Charlotte. As part of their latest initiative, a Center for Health, Education, and Opportunity, they will partner with Johnston YMCA, UNC Charlotte and Windsor Park Elementary for a series of planned initiatives aimed at improving the overall health of east Charlotte, including a summer reading program for students in the neighborhoods around Aldersgate. Some officials are calling the Center, the "ideal training ground for the next generation of health and human services professionals.” Click here to read more.



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Membership Update June 3, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 3, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 2, 2016
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June 3, 2016


Advocacy & Policy

North Carolina Senate Unveils Budget Plan

Senate leaders Tuesday afternoon provided details of the chamber's budget for 2016-17, saying their budget cuts taxes for the middle class, controls state spending growth to about 2.3%, puts $583 million into the state's rainy day fund and increases teacher pay more than the House budget. Unlike the House budget, the Senate plan doesn't provide across-the-board raises for state employees but instead includes more than $180 million for performance-based raises or bonuses. The Senate also doesn't offer cost-of-living adjustments for retirees, as chamber leaders said the long-term financial liabilities are too great. The House plan includes 1.6 percent COLAs, costing more than $700 million over time. In tax changes, the Senate budget includes an increase in the standard deduction, bringing it to $17,500 in $1,000 increments over two years for married taxpayers filing jointly. The House plan would phase in the increases over four years. It does not appear that the Senate plan makes any changes to the sales tax refund process. Senate leaders hope to have their version of the budget passed by the weekend, setting up a conference committee process next week to iron out differences between its spending blueprint and the one previously approved by the House. A copy of the Senate plan can be found by clicking here.

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Workplace Wellness Programs

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued final rules that describe how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to wellness programs offered by employers that request health information from employees and their spouses. The two rules provide guidance to both employers and employees about how workplace wellness programs can comply with the ADA and GINA consistent with provisions governing wellness programs in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as amended by the Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act). Here is a link to a Kaiser Health Article on this rule.

OSHA Releases New Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Requirement

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is applying the insights of behavioral economics to improve workplace safety and prevent injuries and illnesses. The rule will impact SNFs.

Senate Bill Includes RAD for PRAC Eligibility, Funding

After months of advocacy by LeadingAge members, the Senate HUD appropriations committee has included eligibility for HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration to include Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRACs) and provided $4 million to assist in these conversions in its fiscal year 2017 bill. This is great news and the first step in what will be a long fiscal year 2017 appropriations season. There are 2,900 Section 202 communities with PRACs; many of them could decide that participating in RAD will help them preserve their affordable properties. For more information about the bill, go here.


Professional Development


Session 2Session 3
July 27October 19
AldersgateTwin Lakes Community
Charlotte, NCBurlington, NC

We’re off to a great start with the Mid Managers Series. Please join us for the second and/or third sessions. Register Now!

How many of your managers have attended formal management training courses? There is a direct correlation between a manager’s leadership style and an employee’s motivation and satisfaction. 

While we have offered this program in the past, this year we are offering an entirely new experience. Not only are we bringing back Christopher Ridenhour, one of LeadingAge's highest ranked presenters, we have totally revamped the program to include core competency training based on the LeadingAge Mid Manager Competency Development Guide (click here to download).  If you weren't able to attend the first session, the learning style makes attending one or both of the remaining sessions possible. We do understand challenges in workflow and travel. You can always send a substitute or register for individual sessions! This is a unique opportunity you do not want to miss. Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.


Finance Symposium with LeadingAge Virginia
(Formerly entitled CFO Workshop)

Click Here to Register Now!

Date & LocationRegistrationCredits
July 14$150 for Members8.0 CPE
8am - 5pm$100 for add'l person from same community7.0 NHA
Springmoor$225 Non-Members
Raleigh, NC

Join us for this first-ever collaborative venture between LeadingAge North Carolina and LeadingAge Virginia finance professionals, including CFOs.

Topics include:

  • Medicare Advantage: Denials, billing, insurance update, bundled payments, developing data driven culture/cost reporting
  • Pricing strategies and trends, specifically as it relates to entry fees
  • Investment policies
  • Industry benchmarking
  • Social accountability/community benefit reporting: standardized format and definitions
  • Financing moderately-priced senior housing 

Long Term Care Workforce Summit 
Click Here to Register Now!
August 17
8am – 4:30pm
Salemtowne
Winston-Salem, NC

Facilitated by Cara Silletto of Crescendo Strategies, author of The Millennial Mindset.



"Cara’s presentation on the Millennial Mindset was as entertaining as it was informative. Her thought-provoking program provided great insight into the generational workforce issues that every employer is facing and empowered the audience with key strategies to avoid costly, unnecessary employee turnover. Cara’s personal stories and reflections as a millennial herself kept the audience engaged and intrigued throughout the day.”

                                             -LeadingAge Connecticut President

Topics Include:

  • Leading the New Workforce
  • The Cost of Unnecessary Turnover
  • Millennial Mindset
  • Building a Strong Culture and Communication Plan for Staffing Stability
  • Wage & Hour/White Collar Exemption
  • On-boarding and Orientation
  • Priorities and Action Planning 

Customer Service Seminar
(Formerly Entitled Workshop for Frontline Staff)
Registration Now Open!
Pick a date and a location that works for your community:

November 15
WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community
Greensboro, NC
Click Here to Register for November 15

November 16
Galloway Ridge
Pittsboro, NC
Click Here to Register for November 16 

Facilitated by Donna Cutting


Donna Cutting, CSP is the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc. She trains organizational leaders to turn prospects into delighted customers and delighted customers into raving fans. Donna led our closing session in Myrtle Beach to more than 100 attendees who laughed heartily, learned mightily, and gave her a standing ovation. Donna uses hilarious videos to punctuate her already upbeat and energetic delivery style. You and your staff from any department will not want to miss this program; it is time well spent.


Strategic Thinking 


Boomer Expectations Outlined in New Report

The Insured Retirement Institute, the leading association for the retirement income industry, is out with their latest update to "Boomer Expectations for Retirement 2016." It’s a fascinating look at the coming demographic and full of information you can use in your planning and positioning efforts. Special thanks to Tad Melton with Ziegler for sharing this report.

The Roles and Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Boards

This Education Spotlight provides LeadingAge members with information and resources on how board members can effectively fulfill their ethical, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.

When Should You Take a Break from Caregiving?

If you are caring for an older loved one, you may need respite care to keep from getting burned out. This article featured in Forbes magazine is part of the Next Avenue "When Should You…” series on aging milestones for parents or loved ones, addressing common caregiving concerns. 


News and Notes

Updated Electronic Health Records White Paper Now Available from LeadingAge

An updated white paper on "Electronic Health Records for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care: A Primer on Planning and Vendor Selection” is now available. It guides organizations through an interdisciplinary planning for EHR, including defining the needed specifications.
 

Eldercare Workforce Alliance

LeadingAge National is a member of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance and is addressing the eldercare crisis from a national perspective. The Eldercare Workforce Alliance is a group of 31 national organizations, joined together to address the immediate and future workforce crisis in caring for an aging America.

To address our nation's worsening eldercare crisis, the Alliance will build a caring and competent eldercare workforce, joining in partnership with older adults, their families and other unpaid caregivers to provide high-quality, culturally-sensitive, person-directed, family-focused care and improve the quality of life for older adults and their families. Learn more about the Alliance here.

Nominate Your Best for the McHugh Award for Leadership in LTSS Nursing by June 30

June 30, 2016 is the application deadline for the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Services and Supports Nursing. The winner will be recognized at the 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Indianapolis and will receive a $1,000 cash award, airfare, lodging and registration for the meeting. CLICK HERE for more information and to nominate a deserving individual.

Innovation Master Class Registration Now Open

The Innovation Master Class, an exciting new offering from LeadingAge national, debuts in late July. Information about this groundbreaking program, including registration details, is available by CLICKING HERE.


Voter ID Laws: Residents of Healthcare Facilities

If you are unsure what your residents (or you) need to bring to vote in the primary this Tuesday, June 7 and the general election on November 8, please reference this helpful information from the NC Board of Elections. Please also consider posting the information on your resident portal, closed circuit tv, and bulletin boards. Sherry McLamb and Ted Fitzgerald are voter outreach specialists with the NC Board of Elections and are available to visit your resident association meeting or any other forum at your community to explain the voter ID laws and to answer questions so that your residents are prepared. Please feel free to contact them directly. Sherry may be reached at 919-857-4668. Ted is available at 919-715-7480. 


Congratulations


Pat Sprigg Shares Lessons Learned


Congratulations to Pat Sprigg, President and CEO of Carol Woods Retirement Community, for her feature in LeadingAge national’s new column, "This I Have Learned,” a new recurring column in their online magazine featuring not-for-profit leaders’ lessons learned. To read the article click here. Thank you for sharing words of wisdom, Pat!  


 

Select Rehabilitation is a LeadingAge North Carolina member and a Value First vendor. Did you stop by their booth at the Trade Show in Myrtle Beach? Amy Jones was there! Click here to learn more about how to contact Amy and about Select Rehab’s therapy services.

Value First is a group purchasing organization (GPO) owned by LeadingAge North Carolina and 24 state affiliates from across the country and provides discounts on a comprehensive range of products and services including construction services, food distributors, medical supplies, therapy, facility operations, furniture, equipment, technology, vehicle purchases and more.

Whether you are buying retail or purchasing through a group purchasing organization, Value First GPO can do a cost study to compare what you are currently paying against pricing available through Value First.

Cost studies are a free membership benefit! Click here to submit your Cost Study Request. Or fill out and return the attached request sheet via email or fax.

Do you have questions and would like additional information? Feel free to contact your Value First representative, Vanessa Ceasar, at 404-421-3956. 



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Memorial Day Observance

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Thursday, May 26, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The LeadingAge North Carolina office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day as we honor those who have died in active military service.

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Membership Update May 20, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, May 20, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 20, 2016
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May 20, 2016


Advocacy & Policy

General Assembly Update

The General Assembly this past week concentrated on budget issues. Included in that work was a House proposal released earlier this week that would give raises to state workers and teachers. The proposal – which is more generous than that originally proposed by Governor Pat McCrory – would give teachers a pay raise of up to 5 percent and most other state workers a 2 percent raise. The House Republican proposal, approved and forwarded to the Senate yesterday, also included a tax cut (first proposed by Senate leaders) that would increase the standard deduction for personal income taxes by up to $2,000. The increase would be phased in over a four-year period. The Senate is in the process of developing its own version of the budget. We continue to monitor – in collaboration with a number of other organizations – any potential changes to the sales tax refund cap.
 

CMS Publishes Final Rule on Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities

CMS announced a final rule to update health care facilities’ fire protection guidelines to improve protections for all Medicare beneficiaries in facilities from fire. The new guidelines apply to hospitals, Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities, critical access hospitals, inpatient hospice facilities, programs for all-inclusive care for the elderly, religious non-medical healthcare institutions, Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID). This rule adopts updated provisions of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code, as well as provisions of the NFPA’s 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code.

Medicare Part-A SNF Rate Calculator Update for 2017

This tool calculates the SNF Medicare Part-A proposed rates for FY 2017, to be effective October 1, 2016. Please note: The 2017 copay is not yet available as of this posting and the 2016 copay ($161) has been used as an estimate and placeholder for 2017. The calculator will be updated and revised when the 2017 copay is available.

Lab and Radiology Declared Optional for PBJ Purposes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made someimportant updates to the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Policy Manual. Members are encouraged to access the manual and review the changes marked in red.

New Nursing Home Compare Quality Measures Officially in Place

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week added six new quality measures to its consumer-based Nursing Home Compare website.

 


Professional Development


Session 2Session 3
July 27October 19
AldersgateTwin Lakes Community
Charlotte, NCBurlington, NC

We’re off to a great start with the Mid Managers Series. Please join us for the second and/or third sessions. Register Now!

How many of your managers have attended formal management training courses? There is a direct correlation between a manager’s leadership style and an employee’s motivation and satisfaction. 

We encourage you to register your managers for the upcoming three part mid managers series. While we have offered this program in the past, this year we are offering an entirely new experience. Not only are we bringing back Christopher Ridenhour, one of LeadingAge's highest ranked presenters, we have totally revamped the program to include core competency training based on the LeadingAge Mid Manager Competency Development Guide (click here to download). While we do encourage participants to attend all three sessions, it is not required so join us for the second and/or third session. We do understand challenges in workflow and travel. You can always send a substitute or register for individual sessions! This is a unique opportunity you do not want to miss. Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.


CFO Workshop with LeadingAge Virginia
Registration Opens Next Week

Date & LocationRegistrationCredits
July 14$150 for Members7.0 CPE
8am - 5pm$100 for add'l person from same community6.0 NHA
Springmoor$225 Non-Members
Raleigh, NC

Topics include:

  • Medicare Advantage: Denials, billing, insurance update, bundled payments, developing data driven culture/cost reporting
  • Pricing strategies and trends, specifically as it relates to entry fees
  • Investment policies
  • Industry benchmarking
  • Social accountability/community benefit reporting: standardized format and definitions
  • Financing moderately-priced senior housing 


Long Term Care Workforce Summit 
Registration Opens Next Week
August 17
8am – 4:30pm
Salemtowne
Winston-Salem, NC

Facilitated by Cara Silletto of Crescendo Strategies, author of The Millennial Mindset.



"Cara’s presentation on the Millennial Mindset was as entertaining as it was informative. Her thought-provoking program provided great insight into the generational workforce issues that every employer is facing and empowered the audience with key strategies to avoid costly, unnecessary employee turnover. Cara’s personal stories and reflections as a millennial herself kept the audience engaged and intrigued throughout the day.”

                                              -LeadingAge Connecticut President


Topics Include:

  • Leading the New Workforce
  • The Cost of Unnecessary Turnover
  • Millennial Mindset
  • Building a Strong Culture and Communication Plan for Staffing Stability
  • Wage & Hour/White Collar Exemption
  • On-boarding and Orientation
  • Priorities and Action Planning 


Workshop for Frontline Staff
Registration Opens Next Week

Pick a date and a location that works for your community:

November 15
WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community
Greensboro, NC

November 16
Galloway Ridge
Pittsboro, NC

Facilitated by Donna Cutting


Donna Cutting, CSP is the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc. She trains organizational leaders to turn prospects into delighted customers and delighted customers into raving fans. Donna led our closing session in Myrtle Beach to more than 100 attendees who laughed heartily, learned mightily, and gave her a standing ovation. Donna uses hilarious videos to punctuate her already upbeat and energetic delivery style. You and your staff will not want to miss this program; it is time well spent.


Strategic Thinking 

What is the Economic Impact of Life Plan Communities?

LeadingAge national recently highlighted the Economic Impact Study commissioned by LeadingAge North Carolina and conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise. The article from national summarizes the content of the study and provides key talking points that might help you have conversations with your local and state leaders as well as with your board about the economic impact of your community.

What's So Great About Good Data?

Steve Maag, Director of Residential Communities with LeadingAge national, underscores the usefulness of data about our field in this article.

Aging Issues that Need Addressing at Election Time

In this Los Angeles Daily News article the author highlights several issues related to aging that should be addressed by political candidates from either side: ageism, poverty, Alzheimer’s, Medicare, and creating a place for mature adults. How well are your officials representing aging issues? Click here to determine who your elected officials are.

How to Raise Money with Facebook

Are you using your Facebook page wisely? Are you wondering why your community needs a Facebook page at all? Read this article to learn more about what a social media presence can do for your organization. The nonprofit featured in this article held a wildly successful fundraising campaign using social media.

 


News and Notes

New Directors and Trustees Elected

The annual business meeting of LeadingAge North Carolina, held in conjunction with last Thursday morning’s general session at the annual conference, featured election of officers and directors. Elected to two-year officer terms: Chair – Bob Wernet (Deerfield), Chair Elect – David Kidder (Pisgah Valley), Treasurer – Lee Syria (United Church Homes and Services), Secretary – Suzanne Pugh (Aldersgate), Past Chair – Kevin McLeod (Carolina Meadows. Elected to two-year director terms: Pam Fox (Twin Lakes Community), Anita Holt (The Forest at Duke), Mark Kolada (WhiteStone), Kevin Parries (Carolina Village), Mark Steele (Salemtowne). The board of directors also elected Sindy Barker, a resident at Carol Woods, to a one-year term as a resident director. In addition, the board of directors elected eight new trustees to the LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation, including Jane Baker (North Carolina Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators), Jeff Hutchins (Penick Village), David Lacy (Southminster), Hector McEachern (The McEachern Group), Dale Melton (Salemtowne), Anne Moffat (Sharon Towers), Lee Syria (United Church Homes and Services), and Tim Webster (The Presbyterian Homes, Inc.).

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Announces a Change in Terminology

The NPUAP has announced a change in terminology from "pressure ulcer” to "pressure injury.” Pressure injuries are staged to indicate the extent of tissue damage. The stages were revised based on questions received by NPUAP from clinicians attempting to diagnose and identify the stage of pressure injuries. Schematic artwork for each of the stages of pressure injury was also revised and are available at no cost through the NPUAP website.
 

Nominate Your Best for the McHugh Award for Leadership in LTSS Nursing by June 30

June 30, 2016 is the application deadline for the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Services and Supports Nursing. The winner will be recognized at the 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Indianapolis and will receive a $1,000 cash award, airfare, lodging and registration for the meeting. CLICK HERE for more information and to nominate a deserving individual.
 

Innovation Master Class Registration Now Open

The Innovation Master Class, an exciting new offering from LeadingAge national, debuts in late July. Information about this groundbreaking program, including registration details, is available by CLICKING HERE.

Nominate a Volunteer for Salemtowne’s Shining Light Award

The Salemtowne Shining Light Award (sponsored by member community Salemtowne in Winston-Salem) honors individuals who reflect Salemtowne’s commitment to support the wellbeing of others. Nominations for Salemtowne’s Shining Light Award, which is open to volunteers anywhere in North Carolina age 62 and older, will be accepted through May 27. The winner will be announced in June. 

Applications are available in-person at Salemtowne, online at salemtowne.org or requested via email: marketing@salemtowne.org. Applications may also be sent to marketing@salemtowne.org or Salemtowne Retirement Community, Attn: Nikki Burris, 1000 Salemtowne Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

 


Congratulations

Congratulations to The Forest at Duke that recently received a Fitch BBB+ Stable rating!


Congratulations to the inaugural LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy Class of 2016 that graduated last week at the 60th Annual Spring Conference and Trade Show. After presenting their action learning projects, graduates were honored at a special reception where they received their diplomas in the company of colleagues, family and friends. Special thanks to Ziegler for its major underwriting support of the Academy this year. 

The 2016 graduates are:

Dustin Bonecutter
Penick Village
Gabriel Iorga
Carmel Hills

Kathlene Hendrick
Aldersgate
Dee James
Tryon Estates

Sena Quist
The Cypress of Raleigh
Jay Matthews
Salemtowne

Ann Chamberlin
Carol Woods
Matthew Sharpe
Deerfield

Rick Dobrowski
Arbor Acres
Adria Smith
Well-Spring

Michelle Grandy
Pisgah Valley

 


 

 

Free Cost Studies

Are you interested in making sure you are getting the best cost savings on your community’s purchases for food, medical supplies, janitorial supplies and office supplies? Whether you are buying retail or purchasing through a group purchasing organization, Value First GPO (owned by LeadingAge North Carolina and 25 other LeadingAge state associations) can do cost studies to compare what you are currently paying to pricing available through Value First.
 
Cost studies are a free membership benefit! Click here to submit your Cost Study Request.  Or fill out and return the attached request sheet via email or fax. 
 
Do you have questions and would like additional information? Feel free to contact your Value First representative, Vanessa Ceasar, at 404-421-3956.



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Membership Update May 6, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, May 6, 2016
Updated: Thursday, May 5, 2016
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May 6, 2016


Advocacy & Policy

North Carolina General Assembly Finishes Second Week of Work

The North Carolina General Assembly finished their second week of work in what is expected to be about a 90-day "short” session. After the public demonstrations over House Bill 2 that kicked off the first week’s debates, the second week was a bit more sedate. The Senate has two finance bills among its list of proposals, including one that would model the state’s tax code in a number of areas to mirror the federal code and a separate bill concerning miscellaneous tax pieces from last year’s long session. Our sense is that the House is standing firm in its opposition to any tinkering with the sales tax exemption for nonprofits; the topic has not come up in public dialogue so far. It is possible that an effort may be made to reduce the sales tax refund cap (currently pegged at $45 million) but we probably won’t know anything on that front until later in the session. LeadingAge North Carolina remains fully engaged as a steering committee member of the Alliance for North Carolina Nonprofits.

CMS Announces 2.1 Percent Rate Increase for SNFs for 2017

CMS announced that skilled nursing facilities will see a 2.1 percent rate hike under Medicare for 2017 starting on Oct. 1, 2016. This amounts to an overall $800 million increase. The rule will also lay out the requirements for the pay for performance program, scheduled to go into effect in 2019. The proposed rule has not been officially published at the time this Member Update was written, but CMS has made a pdf version available here.

Nonprofit Organizations to Receive Unemployment Charges Quarterly Instead of Annually

Our good friends at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits (of which LeadingAge NC is a member) provided us with a great update about the state’s unemployment insurance (UI). Due to a 2015 legislative change to the UI system, the Division of Employment Security (DES) of the N.C. Department of Commerce is charging benefits paid to employers' UI accounts quarterly instead of annually. This change took effect for UI benefit claims filed on or after January 3, 2016. DES mailed the first quarterly charges to employers last week, so your organization should receive a statement next week. The impact on your organization will depend on how you opt to pay UI to the state:

• If your organization pays UI tax, benefits will be applied to your account quarterly instead of annually, but your UI tax rate will still be calculated annually. If your organization has had high employee turnover, it is possible that you could see higher taxes during the transition period when some benefits will be charged annually and some will be charged quarterly.

• If your organization has elected to reimburse rather than pay UI taxes, reconciliation of your account will still be done annually. However, you will receive a quarterly list of charges to help budget better for UI charges on your account.

For more, check out the DES FAQs on UI quarterly benefit charging.

Overtime Rule Change Update...

The Department of Labor has proposed the White Collar exemption salary threshold of $23,660 be increased to $50,440 per year. The Department of Labor (DOL) has forwarded its final overtime rule with the proposed increase in the guaranteed salary basis to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review on March 17. This completes the last mandatory step that the DOL has to take before issuing the final regulations. Based upon this action, it’s possible that the overtime rules could come sooner than the expected date of July/August of 2016, with a release in April or May followed by a 60 or 90-day implementation period. The final rule may also include changes to the "duties test" that define the types of positions who must be paid overtime.

...With a North Carolina Twist.

If the proposed regulations take effect without modification, many nonprofits will need to begin paying time-and-a-half when employees who are paid less than $50,440 a year work more than 40 hours per week.

DOL has issued a fact sheet explaining that the rules won't apply to nonprofit employers if they are not engaged in interstate commerce through either "enterprise coverage" (which applies to nonprofit hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, and other nonprofits with $500,000 or more in commercial sales) or "individual coverage" (which applies to individual employees whose job functions include interstate commercial transactions). Because of a unique feature of the N.C. Wage and Hour Act, the final DOL regulations will apply to virtually every nonprofit in North Carolina, regardless of whether the organization is engaged in interstate commerce. If the General Assembly were to amend this state law, the DOL overtime rule changes would not affect North Carolina nonprofits if their employees are not covered by either "enterprise coverage" or individual coverage." Based on this description, let the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits know if the state overtime rules -- rather than the federal rules -- apply to your nonprofit.

President Signs Older Americans Act

President Barack Obama signed into law the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization of 2015, after it passed both chambers of Congress with unanimous support. LeadingAge commends the President for signing the OAA, which was five years overdue for reauthorization. For more information, go here.

Disparate Impact and Criminal Records: Things Every Housing Provider Should Know

HUD's Office of General Counsel (OGC) issued new guidance on criminal records and fair housing act standards in housing that applies not just to subsidized housing, but also to all housing providers nationwide. Every housing provider (not just HUD subsidized) needs to be aware policies that exclude persons based on criminal history must be tailored to address such factors as the type of the crime and the length of time since conviction. For the guidance and more information, go here.

Bills to Appropriate Funds for Dementia Caregiver Programs Introduced

Our good friends at the Coalition on Aging (of which LeadingAge North Carolina is a member) report that companion bills, Senate Bill 735 and House Bill 1001 which originated from the Joint Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services have been introduced. These bills would appropriate funds in the amount of $500,000 to the Department of Health and Human Services to support Project CARE (Caregiver Alternatives to Running onEmpty) and the No Wrong Door to accessing benefits initiative. In addition, the bills would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to explore and report on possible expansion of North Carolina’s Medicaid home and community based services waiver programs.


 
Professional Development

60th Anniversary Spring Conference and Trade Show

May 10-13, 2016
Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes
Myrtle Beach, SC

We look forward to seeing everyone who registered for the LeadingAge North Carolina 60th Annual Spring Conference and Trade Show May 10-13 at Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC. If you still haven’t registered, you may still do so. Click here to register online and remember to log in to receive the member rate. Or print the registration form and fax to (919) 869-1811. Conference registration will close on Friday, May 6. However, you are welcome to register onsite!

Hotel


The Marriott Resort is currently sold out. There may be cancellations as the conference gets closer so be sure to continue to check. Click here to reserve online or call the Marriott directly at 843-449-8880. Room cancellation note: If you are holding rooms you no longer need, please contact Leslie Roseboro directly to cancel. We have several people who have registered to attend and would like to receive the conference rate.

Pre-Conference Diversity Seminar
Don’t miss the pre-conference Diversity Seminar with Hector McEachern scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 from 1-4pm. This event is designed to prepare your community to create a diversity plan. Select the Pre-Con Diversity Seminar under the Single Event Ticket section when you check out or on your registration form.

Continuing Education Credit
New this year…all sessions are eligible for CPE and NHA credit! We will also provide CNE credit for nurses for specific sessions. Those sessions will be marked accordingly in the onsite brochure.

Mid Managers Series

We’re off to a great start with the Mid Managers Series. Please join us for the second and/or third sessions. Register Now!

July 27 at Aldersgate in Charlotte
October 19 at Twin Lakes Community in Burlington

How many of your mid managers have attended formal management training courses? There is a direct correlation between a manager’s leadership style and an employee’s motivation and satisfaction. We encourage you to register your mid managers for the upcoming three part mid managers series. While we have offered this program in the past, this year we are offering an entirely new experience. Not only are we bringing back Christopher Ridenhour, one of LeadingAge's highest ranked presenters, we have totally revamped the program to include core competency training based on the LeadingAge Mid Manager Competency Development Guide (click here to download). While we do encourage participants to attend all three sessions, it is not required so join us for the second and/or third session. We do understand challenges in workflow and travel. You can always send a substitute or register for individual sessions! This is a unique opportunity you do not want to miss.Register online here or click here to download informational flyer and registration form.

Save the Date

CFO Workshop with LeadingAge Virginia
July 14
Springmoor in Raleigh

Long Term Care Workforce Summit
August 17
Salemtowne in Winston-Salem

Workshop for Frontline Staff

November 15    November 16
WhiteStone in Greensboro    Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro



 
Strategic Thinking

5 Ways Meetings Get Off Track, And How To Prevent Each One

This excellent article from Harvard Business Review details how to make meetings more productive – and focused – in your community.
 

Disrupt Aging: Fighting the Ageism Battle.

This thought-provoking article from Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP CEO, details three specific areas where society and individuals most need changing: health, wealth, and self.



News & Notes

No More Skin Tears

A skin tear is a traumatic wound caused by shear, friction or blunt-force trauma that results in a partial- or full-thickness injury. A reported 1.5 million skin tears occur in institutional adults each year. The problem isn’t going away any time soon. This article discusses how we can better prevent and treat them.

New THRIVE QuickCast Now Available

Member Relations VP Nancy Hooks narrates this 6-minute video featuring our Thrive initiative. This is a terrific member resource that provides a framework to explore 7 essential topics, including Community Involvement and Engagement, Governance, Philanthropy, Quality, Strategic Partnerships, Strategic Planning and Workforce and Leadership Development. Each of these topic areas includes generative questions and a wide array of tools and resources.


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